Anxiety

Feeling a certain level of anxiety over big stressors or certain life events is totally normal. However, if you find that your fear or worry does not go away and, in fact, gets worse over time, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling and often passes quickly, while severe anxiety can seriously affect your day-to-day life. If you are finding your anxiety unmanageable, can’t identify the cause of your anxious feelings or if you are suffering from physical symptoms (such as heart palpations, fatigue, sweaty hands, upset stomach, or insomnia), it may be time to get help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s anxiety specialists today. 

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Ugh, anxiety. It’s painful, it can paralyze us, and really limit our lives. A lot of my clients try so hard to control anxiety by being perfect, being on alert all the time, and by masking so hard so that no one sees what we’re really like. Sometimes it is just too much pressure. My approach helps clients build tolerance to anxiety, change the way we look and react to anxiety, and heal the wounds that increase our anxiety.

— Stephanie Lessmeier, Licensed Professional Counselor in St. Peters, MO

I have years of experience working with clients who are suffering from anxiety. Anxiety is a normal human experience and sometimes that anxiety can turn into something that is actually causing you harm or interrupting your life. I work to help clients understand their anxiety, where it is coming from, and to resolve the often underlying factors that are leading to the expression of anxiety in their daily lives.

— Brittney Waterhouse, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
 

Anxiety can make you feel like your whole world is suddenly crashing down around you. It can come out of seemingly nowhere or be triggered by specific life events. I use behavioral and humanistic interventions to help you dig down into the roots of your anxiety to determine why and how it started and ways to cope when it shows up. Anxiety is an adaptive response so my goal is to help you learn how to listen and parse out the messages it is trying to send you so you can create more peace within.

— Jane Teixeira, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

Anxiety is a feeling that will hijack your mind to believe that you are in danger. With mindful attention to what you are fearing and how anxiety manifests in your body, we can help you feel more grounded in the present moment -- enabling you to make better decisions about your future. You will learn mindful self-compassion, how to harness your breath to calm yourself, and simple movement exercises to move the stress hormones out of your bloodstream so you can think clearly.

— Cynthia Eddings, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA
 

My experience working with Anxiety and Depression is vast - incorporating awareness, mindfulness, coping skills and exploring what works for you

— Anita Van Dyke, Counselor

Finding peace within the chaos of our own minds and bodies is not easy. This process begins with regulating the body's response to anxiety and stress and deepens as relationship dynamics and experiences from the past that led to this response are explored. Replacing the stories that have been learned over the years with a new narrative and self-talk will result in more freedom from anxiety.

— Heather Romero, Counselor in Atlanta, GA
 

I have worked extensively with those suffering from crippling anxiety, including general anxiety, specific phobias, health-related anxiety, and panic attacks. Each session, I offer specific tools to help with reducing the power of anxiety over my clients' lives and to empower them to live a full, meaningful life.

— Katherine Plambeck, Clinical Psychologist in Berkeley, CA

Anxiety signals can be helpful or a hindrance. When it gets in the way of what you want, I can help you to learn to both feel and think at the same time. Not an easy task, as our brains often go offline when we are overwhelmed.

— Patricia Holdahl, Psychotherapist in Edina, MN
 

Symptoms of anxiety include stress that's out of proportion to the impact of the event, inability to set aside a worry, restlessness, hypervigilance, irritability, lack of concentration, racing thoughts, unwanted thoughts, feeling of impending doom, insomnia, nausea, palpitations, or trembling.

— Jon Soileau, Licensed Professional Counselor in Kansas City, MO

May look/feel like: -Ruminations or obsessive thinking about the past or future -Fears around future -Physical symptoms such as chest pain, pit in stomach, muscle tension, nausea -Getting stuck in a cycle of negative thinking/self-criticism -Avoidance of things that trigger your anxiety -Fear of losing control

— Alexandra Haselbeck, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

Anxiety affects billions of people across the world, but yet, everyone experiences anxiety differently. I help clients identify root causes of their anxiety so that they can learn how to engage in internal self-soothing mechanisms. When appropriate, we also discuss environmental triggers and how best to take control of anxiety rather than let it control you.

— Catherine Reynolds, Clinical Psychologist in Atlanta, GA

Anxiety can be difficult to experience, especially when your network is people who do not understand your anxiety. Providing a safe and accepting space for you to process your anxiety is the first step to help managing it. I am also a certified yoga, meditation and mindfulness teacher. I know and can teach you many coping tools when you anxiety is arresting your ability to live life peacefully.

— Tara LaDue, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA
 

Anxiety is a terrible ghost to have haunting you. It seems like it's just around every corner, waiting to surprise you at the most inopportune times. Fortunately, there are a lot of tools available to help. We can work on calming down your nervous system, challenging that worried thinking, and shifting the way you experience the world around you.

— Jesse Cardin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Antonio, TX

Anxious feelings, racing thoughts and bodily symptoms of unease oftentimes have their roots in dysfunctional thinking about the future. With mindfulness techniques I support my clients in understanding the causes of their anxiety and help them develop therapeutic tools to tackle it

— Artur Lebiedzinski, Psychotherapist in New York, NY
 

Sometimes anxiety feels like stress, burn out, confusion, dread, nervousness, or being overwhelmed or “stretched too thin.” I support clients toward relief from symptoms such as irritability, avoidance (procrastination, using alcohol & other drugs, withdrawing or isolating), racing heart, digestive issues, sleep difficulties, or feelings of panic.

— Johanna Karasik, Counselor in Northglenn, CO

Stress and Anxiety is a major issue in our world generally, but can be particularly toxic as you navigate adolescence and early adulthood. I can help you use evidence-based skill and techniques like Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) , Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT), and Brief Psychodynamic Psychotherapy to better manage your anxiety so that you can live the life you want to live.

— Wade McDonald, Clinical Psychologist in Frisco, TX